Most years I have my Christmas shopping done (or close to done) by Thanksgiving. This is partially because I like to plan ahead and find deals throughout the year, but it's mostly due to the fact that I absolutely can't stand going to the mall in December.
The crowds. The harsh lights. The cold weather outside that makes me dress warm and then carry around more and more clothes as I shed layers in the store.
I get stressed. I get tired. I get sweaty.
This year I am way behind. As in I just started my shopping this week. November 2012, I love you, but you're bringing me down. Why are you bringing me down?
Now, this late start would be ok if I actually had a idea in mind of what to buy for everyone on my list. Then I could go clicky clicky online from the comfort of my own bed on Black Friday morning and get most of it taken care of. But alas, I'm fresh out of ideas.
Like most December-mall-o-phobes, I'll be turning to the internet for guidance (and pestering my family and friends with every spare second of my time for their lists). I'll tell you one thing, though, there ain't no way you'll see me out at all hours waiting in line with those hooligans on Black Friday.
BuzzFeed claims that the the US Army lists Walmart as the most dangerous place in the country on Black Friday each year. Not Detroit, not SE DC, but Walmart.
If that's not enough to keep you out of the malls this weekend, I don't know what would.